Our Most Epic Trip Yet! (Journey To Prince Rupert)

We’re Back! Actually, we arrived back in beautiful Vancouver back on August 26th (our anniversary) from all the way from Prince Rupert! Let’s start from all the way from the the beginning of our trip!

Day one: Andriah and Jayson headed off to Prince George from Vancouver at 11am. We packed snacks from the evening before, including dried fruits, jerky and Jayson’s traditional long distance travelling treat, Maynard Wine Gums. Andriah finished the first bag of Wine Gums, but Jayson thought it was actually quite cute. Andriah actually prefers the green and yellow wine gums the most, which are actually the least favourite of Jayson. This means that Jayson does not have to eat the green and yellow wine gums and gets to eat ALL the red and purple wine gums (Andriah’s least favourites, because they taste like dimetapp medicine). We listened to Jayson’s music, consisting of Sanctus Real, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Lecrae and Avenged Sevenfold (The latter mostly while Andriah was sleeping). We took 2 hour shifts driving each back and forth and made stops in randoms towns, went on short sightseeing trip to a small flea market and to get gas. Jayson’s car was very nice and Andriah drove it beautifully. We arrived in Prince George at 10pm and checked in to our hotel. After checking in, not a lot of restaurants were open at this late, except for Boston’s Pizza. We decided to have gluten free pasta with meat sauce and a side of salmon as well. We then returned to our hotel and retired for the day.

Day two: Jayson woke up at 9am to swim in the hotel pool. It was a small pool, but I found it quite nice. There were other kids in the pool as well. After about half and hour, Jayson went to shower and then wait for Andriah to wake up. We checked out of our hotel and had a delicious breakfast of apple and Boost, which Jayson mixed with his coffee to make a mocha Boost. We kept driving until we finally arrived in Prince Rupert! The moment we parked, we saw two deer and Jayson tried to scare them, but these deer were unimpressed by Jayson. We checked into our hotel, then proceeded to find food to devour. We settled on Panago and had gluten-wise pizza with chipotle cilantro sauce, shrimp, goat cheese, mozzarella cheese and grilled eggplant, zucchini, onions and mushrooms and ate it in our hotel room. Right after dinner, we decided to be active and exercise using the hotel stairs. We climbed 17 flights of stairs 5 times up and down. A gentleman that Andriah named “Michael” was wondering what we were doing and we told him we were going up and down the stairs for exercise. “Michael”was very understanding and let us continue. After we also went to the exercise facility and Andriah showed Jayson the 30 minute ab workout, Jayson was a good sport and tried his best, but Andriah being awesome totally owned this exercise routine. After our exhausting day of driving and exercising, we were quite tired and went to bed.

Day three: Jayson woke up a little earlier to use the exercise facility in the morning. After we walked from our hotel to Andriah’s parent’s house and had brunch together. We had potato wedges, salad, chinese vegetables and fried chicken. After brunch, Andriah’s parents and us went on a beautiful scenic trail that Andriah and Jayson jog/walked. The trail was lush and green, quite different from the trails in Vancouver that Jayson is used to. After the trail, we went back to meet up with Andriah’s high school friend. She showed us around and was very knowledgeable about all of Prince Rupert.  We walked to the waterfront and visited Cow Bay where there were little gift shops.  We took a lot of pictures and saw the Sunken Gardens by the courthouse which were beautiful.  Then we went to Target and saw another high school classmate of Andriah’s.  Later we met up with Andriah’s parents for dinner at a very fancy Japanese restaurant which had incredibly fresh Sashimi. We also took a photo with the chef which we will post later.  After dinner we went to clean up Andriah’s old stuff and Andriah showed Jayson her childhood photos and sticker collection.  Jayson thought it was very cute.  Andriah enjoyed showing Jayson all her childhood things.  Then we went back to our hotel and slept.

Day four: We had to wake up early to attend church where Andriah’s mother introduced us to her friends.  We liked the music as it was just after the kids youth camp and the youth demonstrated the actions.  After church we went out for brunch at Dolly’s fish market restaurant where we had Seafood chowder and apple pie.  We then went back to Cowbay and bought some gifts to bring back to Jayson’s co-workers.  We found lovely glass raindrop souvenirs which represented Prince Rupert which has a lot of rain.  Next, we drove to the viewpoint by the hospital and walked up and down the outdoor stairs and then we laid down together on the picnic table (that was Jayson’s favourite moment).  For dinner, we went to the Crest restaurant and had halibut cheek and bread pudding.  We went back to Andriah’s place and cleaned up a bit more of Andriah’s stuff in the basement then went to watch a movie Expendables III (where Andriah fell asleep on Jayson, because Jayson makes a good pillow). After the movie, Andriah and Jayson said goodbye to Andriah’s parents and went back to our hotel to sleep.

Day four: Before leaving Prince Rupert, Andriah and Jayson decided to have Andriah’s father’s famous crepes for breakfast at their house. The crepes were served with strawberries and strawberry sauce. We also had sausages as well and everything was delicious. Filled with food we were all ready to head back to Vancouver! Andriah and Jayson visited Smithers where Jayson found hot sauce for his collection and Andriah got a REALLY nice looking notebook for her collection as well. Andriah also bought Jayson a very cool vegetable peeler that makes noodles from the vegetables as well! We then drove back to Prince George to the same hotel and checked in. We decided to go to Mr. Mike’s steakhouse and had a REALLY BIG portion of steak salad and sticky toffee cake. Jayson taught Andriah how to play chess as well with a chessboard they had at Mr. Mike’s. We returned to our hotel to sleep.

Day five: Jayson woke up early again to swim in the pool, but this time it was quite populated, so he only had a quick swim and then showered and waited for Andriah to awake before having a breakfast of apple and Boost (breakfast of champions!) and Jayson again mixed his coffee with Boost. We kept driving and made a detour to Kamloops, where Jayson had university and showed Andriah his old favourite places, such as his old comic store, the train station, where Jayson looked at the graffiti done on the trains. We also had dinner at Jayson’s favourite restaurant in Kamloops, a japanese restaurant, which we had spinach goma-ae and sashimi. We took a photo with the head chef then headed on back to Vancouver! We arrived in Vancouver at 11:30pm safely!

This trip was a great learning experience for both of us and we got along VERY well during this whole trip. No huge arguments or disasters and was a very enjoyable trip! We learned that we highly compatible together and really enjoy each other’s company. We are highly grateful to EVERYONE we met on this trip and helped us out, especially Andriah’s friend and her parents who are VERY hospitable and kind to us. We both look forward to another EPIC trip in the future and we’ll share with you our experiences!

Thanks for reading and we’ll keep you guys posted!

-BPaL

Guys Can Pole-Dance Too!

I (Jayson) went to our first pole-dancing class with the belief that it was a group date and there would be at least another gentleman in the class, unfortunately the other couple could not make it at the last minute. When Andriah told me that the other couple could not make it, I started to feel… uncomfortable and having quiet second thoughts: “Am I going to be the only guy? Should I be here? Guys totally pole-dance right?”. Thankfully, Andriah is an amazing partner and I knew that she would see this as a great learning experience for both of us and that gave me the confidence that I needed to go into the class (and I also channelled my inner Channing Tatum, but Andriah does not like me talking about a certain movie :P).

I walked into the classroom and there were poles everywhere! I chose a pole and Andriah chose the one in-front of me and our instructor lead us in a short dancing warm-up. I usually do not do dancing warm-ups, so this was quite new to me, but it got me in the mood of learning new things and then we started getting into learning the basics of pole-dancing. Our first move was to spin down around the pole, which is a lesson in trusting your body and letting the pole and your body work together. Being a guy, we’re more rigid and controlling creatures, wanting to move and control the pole, instead of letting the pole control and move us. I quickly did learn that the pole was the boss and that it was easier to move and work with the pole than against it. We learn two other moves as well, which look easy but are actually quite tricky but fun to learn and try. 

This experience in pole-dancing has taught me that just like in the beginning of me entering the pole-dancing studio, being a little uncomfortable and a little scared approaching the pole, like my mind being a little closed off to the experience. But as I started opening my mind and softening my body to the pole and trying the different moves, I started to enjoy the class quite a bit and kept trying to make the different moves look better! I’m very glad that Andriah (who looked AMAZINGLY good pole-dancing) invited me to this experience and I would invite guys to try pole-dancing at least once!